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APC members attack court bailiff in Ogun

The court official had gone to serve a summon on party officials when he was beaten mercilessly.

• July 14, 2021
APC campaign rally
APC campaign rally used to illustrate the story

Some aggrieved members of the All Progressive Congress in Ogun State physically attacked a court bailiff on Tuesday.

The court official, who was in Iperu, to serve a summon against the APC leaders in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun state, was beaten mercilessly by party operatives, Peoples Gazette learnt. Reports revealed that a councillorship aspirant, Muyiwa Osularu, had sued the Vice Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Ikenne Local Government, Efuwape Olaitan Muhammed, the APC in Ogun State and the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) to Sagamu High Court over allegations of unlawful substitution of his name.

Mr Osularu claimed that he won the primary election conducted by the APC in Ward 5 Iperu Remo, around May, but his name was substituted for another person, Olaitan Efuwape, by some leaders within the party.

He pleaded with the court to order the APC to present him as the party councillorship candidate in Ward 5, Iperu Remo.

Upon the arrival of the court bailiff at Iperu on Tuesday, he was physically  assaulted. The man sustained injuries from the incident but he was rescued.

Ogun state police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the attack but said nobody has been arrested in connection to the assault suffered by the victim.

Mr Oyeyemi, who said the matter is still under investigation, said the bailiff infuriated the party members by going to serve a court summon at a place where they were holding a political rally.

“No arrest has been made yet because there is no way the police can go to where the rally was going on to effect an arrest. We have to wait, when they finish their rally, we are going to invite those who were involved in the assault,” he said.

“The bailiff went to a place where APC members were having their campaign rally to serve the court summon on someone. I think the APC candidate is the person he wanted to serve the summon at the venue of the rally.

“I guess that’s what infuriated the party members who assaulted him. He has reported the case at Iperu division and the case is under investigation. The case has been incidented and the police are investigating it.”

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